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Plant ID

Discussion in 'Plants Index' started by Planted75, May 16, 2017.

  1. Planted75

    Planted75 New Member

    May 16, 2017
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    Hello all. I am brand new to the forum! I'm am looking for help identifying a plant species in my tank. The bigger species is dwarf sag. I am not sure what the small species is. It reproduces the same way sag. And my Val's do.


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  2. Byron

    Byron Member

    Feb 25, 2009
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    There are two possibles for this plant species. Helanthium tenellum (commonly called pygmy chain sword) or Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (commonly, micro sword). It is hard to see the size relation but I would suspect it may be the latter. The former will appear more similar to the dwarf sagittaria, which is why I suspect it is micro sword.

    This is not an easy plant; in my tanks the light is not quite enough and it struggles, whereas the Helanthium species (I have both) thrive and spread rapidly.

    There is a sign of some nutrient issues in the plants in the photos. Have you had them long? Light might be part of it, but I think a comprehensive liquid fertilizer would help.


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